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Cyclone Nilofar weakening; no more danger

Cyclone Nilofar, which developed a week ago over the Arabian Sea with foreboding implications, has undergone rapid weakening by Saturday.

According to weather updates shared by Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD), Nilofar is weakening in the Arabian Sea and has turned into a low pressure area, which will have no major impact on Nepal.

Though cloud masses have been observed in the western region as predicted by MFD, they carry no threat whatsoever to upset the weather or cause disasters.

“By now the cyclonic system has almost died out and the cyclone will not influence local weather system,” said Shanta Kandel, a meteorologist at the MFD.

Even in Gujarat state of India, where Nilofar was expected to make a landfall on Saturday, no major impact on lives has been witnessed, except moderate rains in some coastal areas.

The origin of Nilofar was marked by the meteorologists over Arabian Sea on October 28, less than two weeks after the devastating Cyclone Hudhud that caused severe impacts in India and Nepal. Blizzards and avalanches triggered by Hudhud in high altitude districts of Nepal had killed over three dozen people on October 18.

Unlike during Hudhud, the authorities in Nepal had issued public notice in advance about Nilofar and alerted the trekkers and local authorities to keep a close eye on the changing weather pattern. In the wake of October 18 disaster, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment has decided to form Extreme Weather Forecasting and Information Dissemination Mechanism led by Rishi Ram Sharma, director general of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, to provide reliable and timely information on changing weather phenomenon to mitigate risk.

Source: Ekantipur

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Nilofar to have lesser impact in Nepal


Meteorologists have predicted that a tropical cyclone named Nilofar that originated in the Arabian Sea on Saturday will have lesser impact in Nepal compared to the previous Hudhud cyclone. However, they said that it would be wise not to continue trekking in western and central mountain regions from November 1 to 4.

The Hudhud cyclone had triggered blizzards that killed more than 40 people in western mountains of the country.

“However, as of now, it seems the Nilofar cyclone will not have severe impact in our country. Unlike Hudhud, the Nilofar cyclone may trigger average rainfall and snowfall,” said Shanti Kandel, a meteorologist at the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD). She said the effects of the cyclone will be largely felt in the western and central parts of the country.

“The remnants of the cyclone may affect western region of Nepal by November 1. The hills and Tarai region in the western and central regions may witness brief thundershowers while mountain areas of the regions may witness light snowfall,” added she.

According to MFD, the Nilofar cyclone will hit Nepal after November 1. Currently, the Nilofar cyclone hovers over Arabian Sea and it is expected to make landfall on coastal areas of North Gujarat and Pakistan by November 1.

Kandel said that the cyclone will have its affects till November 4.

However, she asked trekkers to hold back after November 1 till 4 as far as possible. “There will be snowfall in the mountain areas. So, it is better to hold back activities like trekking unless weather gets clear,” said she.

Source: Republica

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